Mountain bike (MTB) can mean almost any kind of off-road bicycle. Wide knobby tires, flat handlebars, maybe shocks, probably a sturdy frame...

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How to fix a sluggish bike?

I just bought a used mountain bike, and it seems to be slow. Pedaling seems like very hard work, and at a normal casual pedaling rate, I can only reach 4-5mph. If I pedal like I'm being chased by a ...
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Convenient bike-security measures for rural, small-town, and remote-touring environments [on hold]

I originally titled this question as "I'm looking for a convenient absolutely fail-safe automatic lock that works all the time". But, judging by some rather cold responses, that title seems to be ...
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Refurbishing mountain bike - left standing for couple of years

I've a Marin Rocky Ridge (2007) that I'd like to give a bit of an overhaul/refurbish as it's been left standing for two years or so. I'm just looking to know where would be common areas that would ...
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How do I prevent my pants from getting caught into the bike gears

I have the unfortunate habit of always getting my jean pants stuck in my gears and end up with a nice rip on the seams. I've used those velcro braces to keep the bottom of my pants leg close to my ...
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What are typical max speeds for pro downhill races?

Looking videos like Red Bull Rampage or Mega Avalanche make me wonder about the speeds attained by those pro bikers. How fast they go in straight line sections?
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Attack position

I stumbled upon this gem recently. They explain that the most basic skill is the attack position. Here is my understanding of their teaching: Standing and not on the saddle. Center of gravity of the ...
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MTB 9 speed sram shifters/rear deralier, shimano 9 speed cassette (HG?) only shifts to 8 cogs

I have an old KHS Team ST frame that I just threw components on about 15 years ago. the drive train is SRAM esp 9.0 shifters and rear derailleur with a shimano HG cassette. I have never been able to ...
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Compare optimal seated riding postions for different “fields” in mountain biking

I remember seeing an illustration, in some article, of different riding positions. The cross-country guy leans low and forward, while the enduro rider was close to standing straight up. Both were ...
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Which way do I orient my bike tire's tread direction? and why?

I have a mountain bike tire that has stamped on the side something like: <----------front rear-------------> Which seems like a pretty clear indication that the tire should be oriented in one ...
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How to build good jumps?

Not sure if this is the right place for this... But I'm wondering how I can make 'good' jumps. I've made a few using a 1 tonne digger. I had the tabletop with the pallet a gap at first but I made ...
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What make and model is this MTB with no decal (pictured)?

My second hand MTB frame has no decal on it. To me it looks like a downhill frame. I was told it's an Orange but now that I look at it I don't know how to tell. The serial number is JSG0111.
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Can I enter an enduro race on a hardtail mountain bike?

I really like the idea of enduro racing but I cant currently afford an enduro specific bike. Is it acceptable to enter an enduro event on an aggressive XC/trail hardtail mountain bike? Are there any ...
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Why the solid 12mm rear axle?

Recent years saw the introduction of hollow axles, as the pipe is the stiffest construction for it's weight for loads expected on an axle. And now the industry is introducing the 12mm solid rear ...
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Converting a MTB to a Road Bike

I just bought a new MTB and am planning to change my previous MTB into a Road Bike. How do I do it? What kind of parts do I need to change or add or remove? I am not looking to for a full ...
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Giant Overdrive 2 fork replacement

I have a 2014 Giant Trance with an Overdrive 2 tapered steerer (1-1/2 - 1-1/4). As we know, the standard tapered steerer is 1-1/2 - 1-1/8 inch. I want to replace my OEM fork (Fox 32 Float Evolution ...
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Doing a 230km / 142 mile cycle this weekend over 2 days, what vital equipment am I missing?

This will be my first long distance cycle over 100km's / 62 miles. Last weekend I did a 60km / 37 mile cycle without too much difficulty, so I'm pretty sure I can get through at least day 1, day 2 ...
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Merida Matts TFS 600 original chain lube [closed]

What lubricant does the chain of a Merida TFS 600 bring from its factory? Thanks.
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Trainers & Mountain Bikes

Can I use a trainer with a mountain bike? I want to the same bike off road at weekends so I don't really want to change the setup of the bike.
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My bike won't shift out of 7th gear in the back

My bike is stuck in 7th gear. The front three gears shift fine, but the back does not. It shifts fine when no one is on it, but as soon as you put weight on it, it no longer will shift.
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Can't shift front gear, despite loosening, tightening, etc. What could be wrong?

Disclaimer: I'm clueless and am piecing together what little information I know from reading this site and from watching YouTube 'intro to repair' videos. I've been gifted a used mountain bike, my ...
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Converting from square spline to external bearings, what do I need to know?

I need to replace the entire drivetrain on my circa 2000 MTB commuter. Quality groupsets all seem to use external bearings these days. Replacing my current cartridge bottom bracket for a modern ...
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Could I bike 9 mile a day home from work starting with no current exercise?

I am thinking of getting a bike and biking it home from work on a mountain bike its 9 miles and reasonably flat, I'm not the fittest guy so I'm wondering if I would struggle??
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Specialized Rock Hopper (1987) - Service

I was wondering if anyone might have a service manual of some description for a vintage Specialized Rock Hopper(1987 - Yellow)? I have googled this for hours and hours and have tried contacting ...
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What is a shimano ispec shifter?

I know what a shifter is but I could not find a definitive answer on what an ispec shifter is or how is it different from a regular shifter. For example the 2014 shimano deore groupset says it has ...
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Tapered fork into 44mm head tube?

I have a MTB Ghost SE 2000 frame which has a 1 1/8" head tube. I just measured it and it has a 44mm diameter top and bottom. I want to replace the stock fork. However it is hard to find non-tapered ...
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Disadvantage of Hybrid Bikes on Mountains

Everybody know that Hybrid bike can be used for mountain cycling. But I want to know what are the disadvantages if we do so? And what are disadvantages of using mountain bikes in cities.
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What skills/drills should I learn to descend faster and more confidently? (for mountain biking)

I've ridden road and mountain bikes for years, and this is my first year riding as a part of a team (and actually doing races). I've been stuck at nearly the same level of skill when descending and ...
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Front wheel requires weight for traction: is this applicable to icy conditions?

How is cornering on the road different than cornering on dirt? Is cornering in snow any different? I usually attempt to keep at least half my weight on the front wheel for stability when ...
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my Bike Make & Model [duplicate]

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Does there exist optimal damping setting for all terrains?

When ζ = 1, there is a double root γ (defined above), which is real. The system is said to be critically damped. A critically damped system converges to zero as fast as possible without oscillating ...
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Would a quality derailleur improve a cheap bike

I bought my son a cheap mountain bike last week, it did 2 miles before the chain mashed up the drailleur. is it worth replacing with a better quality component. im a novice , but handy enough to ...
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Is it possible/worth it to replace just shifters and derailleurs on an older MTB?

I have an aluminum frame bicycle (mountain bike, 21-speed) that I purchased some time in the late 90s, it's marked "Skykomish Eureka" (though I can't find any evidence that such a brand and model ever ...
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Do I need to take my weight off the bike to lock out the suspension?

I've recently bought myself a new mountain bike (my first since my schooldays...) and it has front suspension with a lock-out function. Suspension is new to me and I'm not sure how to use the ...
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Upgrade suspension on hard tail MTB

I have a Suntours xcm (spring 80mm) on my hard tail. I drive more frequent and more pretentious. So I consider to upgrade my fork. How can I tell if I need a better one? What can a good air-suspension ...
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Is my bike getting ruined?

I have a 2015 Giant Trance that is about 3 weeks old. Used pretty much every weekend. It's kept in a shed (fully covered, no insulation just a regular shed), after every ride I give it a nice clean ...
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Building my own full suspension MTB: How to I select a frame?

I've recently gotten back into mountain biking. I took my 5 year old Iron Horse full suspension out to the mountain with some friends that had recently purchased new bikes. I haven't ridden for a ...
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Can I combine different wheel sizes in one mtb?

Imagine a mountain bike that uses a 29er fork with 29er wheel and a 27.5 wheel at the rear. Can this be realized and what are the pros and cons?
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How can you identify if a Shimano rear derailleur is medium or long cage?

I have a 2013 Shimano XT rear derailleur. It is part of a 2x10 drivetrain. How can I find out if it is a medium or a long cage one? The picture below shows the derailleur.
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How to board a ski chairlift that is not intended for bicycles?

As the end of the ski season is approaching, I am thinking about visiting our ski resort by bicycle. I would like to do it at the end of the season to avoid the inconvenience of the crowd, and ...
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Overmountain bike to downhill bike

I have a overmountain bike (Cannondale Trigger Lefty 27.5) with 140mm travel but I was wondering whether I can make a downhill bike out of it because I really want to ride downhill. The shock I have ...
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Converting my old mountain bike to a cyclocross

I have a 1992 Bridgestone MB-4 that I am converting to a cyclocross bike. It is a 3 x 7 (21 gears). I am going to put down bars on it and to change the older over shifters and brake levers. As it ...
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No non-sus 29er mtbs? [closed]

So I sat down and said "what kind of a bike do I want?". I ride mostly in the city, but I wanted something that I could take out to the trails. I don't do anything crazy... maybe a 2' drop at the ...
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9sp/10sp compatibility in Shimano SLX drivetrains

This is related to my previous question about SLX chainrings. I'm half way through upgrading my drivetrain from 2x9 to 2x10. I currently have: Shifters: SL-M670-I (10sp), Chainset: FC-M665 (9sp ...
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Bike computer wheel size setup

I've gotten my self my first mountain bike, along with a Bike computer. This needs to be setup, but im really not sure how i do this. The wheel size of the bike is a 27,5 inches. The bike computer is ...
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What sort of bike will suit both offroading and onroading

I live in an area which is connected to main road by a small lane(worse than mountainous region, I mean it's condition) and the main road is just like a new tarmac surface, the speed breakers are ...
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How do I determine current value of a used bicycle? [closed]

I'm looking at purchasing a 2012 Trek Cobia from a private seller. The bike was about $1,200 new. The bike appears to be in almost new condition and contains all original equipment. The seller wants ...
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Cost-efficient rear suspension [closed]

In the coming year I might be on the look for a new mountain bike. As always, cost is something to consider and as such I'm wondering: What's currently the most cost-efficient full-suspension ...
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How to carry a MTB on one's backpack?

Sometimes I want to ascend a steep (say, 50%) slope, where is impossible to ride and awkward to push/pull the bike. I tried various ways of carrying the bike: Lifting it just 10 cm above the ground ...
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What are the technical differences between a bike for off-road touring and a mountain bike?

There are a lot of adventure touring bikes, or bikes designed for bikepacking, off-road touring and the like. But what is the difference between one of these and a standard mountain bike. E.g. what ...
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How to clean and lube SR 29 XCM-HLO fork?

I want to clean and lube my fork , and found this video on youtube ...